Exclusive: Gardiner on defence, manifesto, Boulton – and being internet sensation

Gardiner burns

The SKWAWKBOX

As the SKWAWKBOX examined this morning, Labour spokesman and front-bencher Barry Gardiner has become one of the sensations of the General Election campaign so far, with his charming but emphatic handling of various mainstream media interviewers.

barry gardiner.pngBarry Gardiner

That interest kicked up to another level this morning with his confrontation with the BBC’s Nick Robinson on Radio 4’s Today programme, in which Gardiner shot down the presenter over his habit of cutting across his guests – at least his Labour guests – to answer his own questions. Social media has been buzzing with talk of the ‘man on fire’.

The SKWAWKBOX had the privilege of an exclusive interview this afternoon with Mr Gardiner, who showed that his charm is anything but a façade by generously granting this blog a substantial piece of his hectic day.

The conversation ranged across various trending topics, from Corbyn on defence to Labour’s manifesto, to…

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